EAR Funding

There are two main streams of funding available from EAR. Both have a maximum of $2500.

EAR Emergency Relief Funds are our standard funding program, available to Calgary-based visual artists.

Rebound Fund is a new, limited-time fund for artists working outside of the visual arts discipline (eg. music, theatre, film, etc).

Please read the guidelines before applying.


 

Emergency Relief Funds – For Visual Artists

EAR’s Emergency Relief Funds can provide assistance to any individual visual artist residing in Calgary who is in urgent need due to an unforeseen medical emergency or other catastrophic event.

Artists must conform to the following definition of a Professional Artist and be facing a crisis which could seriously impact their ability to proceed with their artistic practice.

  • has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same  artistic tradition)
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
  • has a history of public presentation in a professional context
Read the Visual Arts Guidelines

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Fund Description:

EAR’s Emergency Relief Fund provides assistance to visual artists residing in Calgary who are in

urgent need due to an unforeseen medical emergency or other catastrophic event that impedes them from pursuing their artistic career.

A recipient may receive only one grant per year. Grants are made available to a maximum of $2500. This amount will be based on available funds and will be dispersed at the discretion of the EAR review committee. Grants are limited to the applicant and are not to cover emergencies of the applicant’s family members. The amount and kind of assistance provided depends on the assessment and particular circumstances of each application. All information received will remain strictly confidential.

Decisions for funding are based on the EAR fund’s policies and information provided in the application, as well as supporting documentation, and will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary assessment team. Not every applicant is guaranteed funding. We will do our best to review every application within a reasonable timeframe. It is important that applications be as complete and thorough as possible.

Application Requirements:

The EAR Emergency grant is restricted to visual artists residing in the Calgary area.

Individuals must be professional artists as defined by the Canada Council:

To quote the Canada Council: A professional artist is someone who:

  • has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
  • has a history of public presentation in a professional context

Support Material:

In addition to your CV and the personal reference required on the Application Form, each artist is asked to provide proof of their professional standing. Please provide: Up to 10 images of previous work as low-res JPEGS via email (or on one CD/DVD) and/or documentation of 3 public presentations in a professional context. NOTE that “proof of public presentations” may take the form of such items as programs, posters, or clippings, which may be scanned and attached).

Submitting An Application:

Complete the online application (below).  If you are unable to complete the application online, please download and print this PDF and mail your application to Elephant Artist Relief, #14, 223 – 12 Avenue S.W. Calgary T2R 0G9.

Application Adjudication:

EAR Funding is limited. Please note that applicants that have not received assistance from EAR in the last 12 months will be given priority weighting in adjudication.

You will be contacted by telephone in a timely manner as to the assessment committee’s decision. Payment arrangements with successful clients will be discussed upon notification.

Contact EAR by email with any questions at elephantartistrelief@gmail.com

Rebound Fund – All Other Disciplines

EAR’s Rebound Fund can provide assistance to any individual artist working in any discipline other than visual arts residing in Calgary who is in urgent need due to an unforeseen medical emergency or other catastrophic event. Artists must conform to the following definition of a Professional Artist and be facing a crisis which could seriously impact their ability to proceed with their artistic practice.

  • has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same  artistic tradition)
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
  • has a history of public presentation in a professional context
Rebound Fund Guidelines

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Fund Description:

The Rebound Fund is a special one-time only resource that EAR will administer until funds are depleted. As a legacy from funds raised by Alberta Arts Rebuild (a diverse group of Alberta funding agencies) for Calgary’s June 2013 flood relief; this fund will now offer assistance to individual artists in any discipline residing in the Calgary area who are in urgent need due to an unforeseen medical emergency or other catastrophic event that impedes them from pursuing their artistic career.

A recipient may receive only one grant per year. Grants are made available to a maximum of $2500. This amount will be based on available funds and will be dispersed at the discretion of the EAR review committee. Grants are limited to the applicant and are not to cover emergencies of the applicant’s family members. The amount and kind of assistance provided depends on the assessment and particular circumstances of each application. All information received will remain strictly confidential.

Decisions for funding are based on the fund’s policies and information provided in the application and supporting documentation, and will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary assessment team. Not every applicant is guaranteed funding. We will do our best to review every application within a reasonable timeframe. It is important that applications be as complete and thorough as possible. Applicants will be contacted by telephone when a decision has been made.

Application Requirements:

Individuals must be professional artists as defined by the Canada Council:

To quote the Canada Council: A professional artist is someone who:

  • has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same  artistic tradition)
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
  • has a history of public presentation in a professional context

Support Material:

In addition to your CV and the personal reference required on the Application Form, each artist is asked to provide proof of their professional standing as follows (NOTE that “proof of public presentations” may take the form of such items as programs, posters, or clippings):

For Musicians: Digital link of recording of up to 10 minutes and/or documentation of 3 professional presentations.

For Theatre Artists: Digital link of recording of up to 10 minutes and/or proof of 3 presentations in a professional context or with a professional company.

For Playwrights/Screenwriters: Digital link of recording of up to 10 minutes and/or up to 3 pages from one theatrical work that has been produced professionally on stage, radio, television, or film.

For Other Writers: One published book; or 3 texts published in magazines, periodicals, or anthologies; or 3 published poems.

For Dance Artists: Digital link of recording of up to 10 minutes and/or proof of 3 public presentations in a professional context.

Submitting An Application:

Complete the online form (below).  If you are unable to complete the application digitally, please download and print this PDF and mail your application to Elephant Artist Relief, #14, 223 – 12 Avenue S.W. Calgary T2R 0G9. Applications may also be dropped off in the main office at this address.

Application Adjudication:

Rebound Funding is limited and will be dispersed until funds are depleted. Please note that applicants that have not received assistance from EAR in the last 12 months will be given priority weighting in adjudication. You will be contacted by telephone in a timely manner as to the assessment committee’s decision. Payment arrangements with successful clients will be discussed upon notification.

Reporting:

Due to the origin of funding for this initiative, reporting is required.  Within the year in which you received an award (by December 15 at the latest), please send us a report answering these two questions:

  • How did assistance from the Rebound Fund help you in your emergency and with the progress of your artistic career?
  • How were the funds expended?  (please send copies or scans of receipts) Was the funding adequate for your situation?

Please contact EAR by email with any questions at elephantartistrelief@gmail.com

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